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Francesco Guicciardini
Della Istoria d'Italia Libri XX
Giambatista Pasquali, Venezia, 1738. A very scarce copy of this groundbreaking history of Italy from Francesco Guicciardini. In Italian. Francesco Guicciardini (6 March 1483 ? 22 May 1540) was an Italian historian and statesman. A friend and critic of Niccolo Machiavelli, he is considered one of the major political writers of the Italian Renaissance. In his masterpiece, The History of Italy, Guicciardini paved the way for a new style in historiography, with his use of government sources to support arguments and the realistic analysis of the people and events of his time. Guicciardini is best known as the author of the Storia d'Italia (The History of Italy), which provides a detailed account of politics in the Italian Peninsula between 1490 and 1534. Written during the last years of his life, this work contains the historian's observations collected over his entire lifetime and was a work intended for posterity. As Gilbert writes: "The History of Italy stands apart from all his writings because it was the one work which he wrote not for himself, but for the public." In the words of one of Guicciardini's severest critics, Francesco de Sanctis: "If we consider intellectual power [the Storia d'Italia] is the most important work that has issued from an Italian mind." With engraved frontispieces and vignette title pages, plus decorative head and tail pieces and one other plate. Written in twenty parts. Complete in two volumes. Rebound in half-calf bindings with marbled boards. Externally smart, with very little shelfwear. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are mainly bright, with a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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